Transition from military life to civilian life can be rough—particularly when trying to do it alone. Recognizing this struggle, the staff and volunteers of GallantFew, a nonprofit organization focused on veterans, make every effort to ensure newly transitioned veterans get the help they need. Their mission: to help veterans peacefully and successfully transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.
Through a variety of programs and events, the staff and volunteers of GallantFew work hard to surround newly transitioned veterans with those who can help—creating communities devoted to specific branches of the military, geographical regions, and even career aspirations. By using this strategic approach, GallantFew can establish mentors (“Guides”) who are positioned in the best way to help new veterans (“Future Guides”) cope with the challenges of civilian life. Thousands of Guides and Future Guides, spread across the United States and Europe, maintain meaningful relationships through these communities that contribute to their ability to take positive steps in their lives.
“We work really hard to help veterans find jobs, keep jobs, and build relationships,” says Karl Monger, Executive Director of GallantFew. “The quicker we can engage them after active duty, and the closer we can make a match between a Future Guide and a Guide, the easier their transition will be.”
“In the past, I would have to keep all of our donor information in an excel sheet and then spend hours writing thank you letters… If we had to go back and do all of these acknowledgements by hand, we’d never have a chance to do anything else.” — Karl Monger, Executive Director of GallantFew
For veterans, early and constant intervention is of the utmost importance. “A lot of veterans won’t ask for help because they feel like they should be able to ‘suck it up’ and just keep going,” explains Monger. “And the longer they do that, the worse things get.”